AWMA disburses GHC 43,200 to people with disabilities… to engage in economic activities
The facility is to help support beneficiaries in the areas of education, business development, medical care and support.
The Chief Municipal Executive (MCE), Mrs. Sandra Owusu-Ahenkorah, presenting the packages, urged the recipients to use the funds granted to them effectively in order to qualify for the next installment.
According to her, the handicap was not a disability so the time had come for them to do something different from others in order to take advantage of the opportunity given to them to improve their lot in life.
MCE explained that despite the economic challenges caused by the COVID -19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the government felt it prudent to give people with disabilities their due, as such they must make effective use of the money given to them instead of going to the streets to beg.
Ms Owusu-Ahenkorah warned of harsh penalties for people with disabilities who take to the streets to beg, adding that any of them from the municipality caught committing such acts would not be spared as c was against the law.
She instructed the parents of disabled people not to see their children in a different light, but as what God had given them, so they must ensure that they are given the best assistance to enable them to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. .
“I encourage you to ensure that whatever you receive today is used effectively, for the chance and the opportunity to get the next package,” she added.
Ms. Owusu-Ahenkorah said the purpose of the disability fund was to fully integrate people with disabilities into society to help them participate in the inclusive development of the country.
“Ghana’s progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 10 would help reduce inequalities within and between countries by strengthening and promoting the social, economic and political inclusion of all, including persons with disabilities,” she added.
Joshua Arhin of the National Council for the Disabled commended the assembly for consistently disbursing funds to council members.
He instructed the members to take good care of themselves as the COVID -19 disease was turning into a different virus, so as not to fall victim to the circumstances.